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How easy is it to replace the clickwheel flexcable on a 2nd gen nano?

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6y, 8m agoPosted 6 years, 8 months ago
Bought one of these on ebay well I say one its more like the interior/battery and a brand new case just needs the flex cable fitting and all reassembling, wouldnt have bothered but I was going to pick something else up from him only on a collect only sale and grabbed this for £5.50 the cables about £4 so for less than a tenner for a 8GB nano cant be too bad.
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6y, 8m agoPosted 6 years, 8 months ago
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Never swapped out a click wheel before just a battery and a screen, from what I hear the trickiest part is detaching the click wheel from the ribbon as its glued on, apart from that it seems straight forward enough.

Found this not a step by step but gives you an idea.

Okay, I felt your pain. I too needed to replace my son's Nano click wheel pad. I tore the ribbon cable up on the first one while replacing the screen. Anyway, I couldn't find any help on the internet so I bravely marched on alone. What I did (after complete removal of everything else inside the Nano) was use a very very small flathead precision screwdriver. If you are looking up through the bottom of the Nano with the front facing up you will see a thin metal square looking cover behind the click wheel. I took the tiny screwdriver and placed it inside the Nano through the bottom left side (oppisite from where the headphone jack would be). There is a small notch on the corner of the metal plate. I got the tip of the screwdriver under the notch and gently started pressing the metal away from the Nano case. As soon as I got the driver a little further under the metal I turned it sideways using the width of the driver blade to further separate the metal. There is a thin sticky styrofoam pad between the metal and the Nano case. It is about the same size and shape as the metal that you are removing. Once I got the corner of the metal pried down, I started using the blade to work my way across the bottom of the metal gently prying while I used my thumb to apply steady (not too much) preassure to the front-bottom of the wheel. My driver was not long enough to reach from the top of the case downward to pry the upper side of the wheel loose. So, Once the bottom of the wheel came free of the case I used the blade of the driver from the outside in. I gently but firmly pressed on the click wheel while I reached the driver through the opening and slowly worked my way around the edge. Be careful not to damage the click wheel with the metal driver. I marred mine a little before I realized what I was doing. Once the click wheel assembly is out just peel the glue pad up on the bottom half where the ribbon cable enters the assembly. You only need enough to slide the ribbon out of the retainer. Once you do that, the button pad wheel easily slide out. Be careful not to handle the styrofoam glue pad too much because you want to keep it as sticky as possilbe for reassembly. I hope this Helps.
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danmc;8303204
Never swapped out a click wheel before just a battery and a screen, from what I hear the trickiest part is detaching the click wheel from the ribbon as its glued on, apart from that it seems straight forward enough.

Found this not a step by step but gives you an idea.


I saw that one and I read it as the clickwheel is glued to the case not the flex, got me wondering now:thinking:

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